1st Annual NYC Anarchist Book Fair 2007 Insurgent Mexico 14 April 2007 Judson Memorial Church
While others talk, the poor and indigenous people of Mexico have been acting to take control of their future. The Zapatista movement established a new pattern of antiauthoritarian, nonhierarchical organizing that has inspired organizers around the world. Last year, the people of Oaxaca moved to oust their corrupt governor and establish a new form of horizontal self-government. Despite severe government oppression, communities across the country are launching similar efforts. Meanwhile, the Zapatistas' Other Campaign has galvanized a wide-ranging, community-based discussion about the future of the people of Mexico. Insurgent Mexico brings together two American journalists who have provided some of the most consistent, on-the-ground coverage of Mexico's social movements to discuss the struggle in Oaxaca and the Other Campaign.
Al Giordano, publisher of Narco News (www.narconews.com), has lived and reported for the past decade alongside social movements throughout Latin America: Bolivia, Venezuela, Brazil, Central America, the Caribbean, and primarily, Mexico. In 2006 he and a rotating team of 60 volunteer communicators with Narco News' The Other Journalism with the Other Campaign accompanied Zapatista Subcomandante Marcos on a national listening tour throughout Mexico's 32 states and Federal District. This month, Narco News Books publishes The People Decide: Oaxaca's Popular Assembly by Nancy Davies. An anarcho-syndicalist "with Situationist tendencies", Al is currently on his first US tour in 10 years.
John Ross's latest book is Zapatistas! Making Another World Possible (Nation Books, 2006). He is also the author of the acclaimed memoir Murdered by Capitalism: 150 Tears of Life @ Death on the U.S. Left, which was praised by Thomas Pynchon and chosen as a San Francisco Chronicle Book of the Year. Based in Mexico City for the last two decades, Ross' reporting has appeared in the San Francisco Bay Guardian, The Nation, Texas Observer, Counterpunch, Noticias Aliadas (Lima), La Jornada (Mexico City), Democracy Now, and Flashpoints. He is the winner of an Upton Sinclair Award and an American Book Award. His other books include Rebellion from the Roots, The Annexation of Mexico, and the novel Tonatiuh's People.
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